Now, populism is gaining popularity—and we need to join forces to get our country back on track.
Less than 1/3 of younger Americans say it’s essential to live in a democracy, compared to more than 2/3 of older Americans.
Freedom House reported that “America has seen its freedoms and civil liberties decline sharply” in the past two years.
The Economist Intelligence Unit downgraded the U.S. from a “full democracy” to a “flawed democracy” in 2017 after public confidence in government institutions fell to historic lows.
The Friends of Voltaire
House of Commons
November 11, 1947
At The Renew Democracy Initiative
We believe that in order to preserve our democracy for future generations, we need to change the way we learn and talk about issues in government now.
We work to empower Americans by humanizing issues, bringing together different perspectives, and revitalizing civics education.
Democracy consists of diverse voices
Our community started with a diverse group of people concerned for the state of our nation—historians, journalists, teachers, entrepreneurs, heads of state, diplomats, artists, writers—all across the political spectrum.
We disagree on many issues. We don’t marginalize. We defend democracy and the democratic process to arrive at the best solution.
Democracy requires discussion
Silencing one another destroys democracy—so we do the uncomfortable. We listen to a full argument before disagreeing with it. We debate vigorously. We remain humble to new learnings. And we work together to find better solutions.
|People in the room|
We give major issues that impact hundreds of millions of Americans the
thought, space, and conversation they deserve.
And unlike many panel discussions, we bring together as many voices as possible. We’ll include teachers for issues that impact teachers, business owners for issues that impact businesses. We bring people who experience the change into the room with decision-makers who are implementing the change.
One conversation at a time, we:
• Free trade
• Paid leave
• Buying a car
What’s the problem? What solutions are people proposing?
Bring together different people around the country who would be impacted by that policy.
Listen to their concerns and hopes.
Everyone asks each other questions to understand the nuances of each perspective.